Cluny Court has weekend vibes all over it: think chill cafes, independent boutiques and home decor stores.
For days when we tire of being in the thick of it all (the shopping, the buzzy bars and cool restos), we look for an escape. And that for us is leafy Bukit Timah, where underrated boutiques and cafes sit quietly beside each other. Cluny Court is a prime example – it’s the perfect brunch spot for coffee and freshly baked bread with plenty of indie boutiques and home decor stores. Bonus: it’s located just next to Botanic Gardens. Sunday mornings, sorted.
Cluny Court guide: Where to eat and drink
1. The Affogato Bar
Sure, the cafe may be called The Affogato Bar but it serves up delish bagel sandwiches, salads and focaccia sammies too. As for dessert, a chocolate lover’s dream takes shape in Death by Chocolate, where dark chocolate sorbet, brownie chunks and chocolate streusels come together with a bitter espresso shot. Not a fan of dessert? The drinks will equally delight. We’re not just talking about the coffee brews. Chai comes in four flavours: dark vanilla, chocolate spiced, vanilla and spiced.
The Affogato Bar, #01-04B, Cluny Court, 501 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259760
This Cluny Court mainstay was ahead of its time. Back in 2006, good burgers were a rarity in Singapore but Relish stepped in to shake up the scene. Twelve years later, the restaurant still serves classics like the blue cheese and Williams pear burger, and the bacon and double cheese, along with other brunch staples and pasta. Bonus points for the breezy space which gives us major vacay vibes.
Relish, #02-01, Cluny Court, 501 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259760
3. Simply Bread
If you want nothing more than a quiet morning over freshly baked bread, Simply Bread is quite simply it. Grab a spot by one of its large windows and dig in. Fuel up with hearty sandwiches (roast beef and grilled cheese are classics), or nibble on sticky buns with coffee on the side. Don’t leave without ordering a large loaf. Baked in-house, the selection of ciabatta, sourdough and rye walnut makes for several meals.
Simply Bread, #02-07, Cluny Court, 501 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259760
4. Da Paolo Gastronomia
When the Botanic Gardens MRT station finally opened its doors, we had one reason to rejoice: Da Paolo Gastronomia. The alfresco area of the cafe is our favourite spot to while away Sunday mornings over mains from the deli or straight off the menu. For a spot of decadence, try the signature tiramisu or Nutella cake. Don’t be too guilty if you leave feeling absolutely stuffed. Botanic Gardens is a mere three-minute walk away for an afternoon stroll.
Da Paolo Gastronomia, #01-01, Cluny Court, 501 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259760
5. Plain Vanilla
The cupcake craze may have come and gone, but Plain Vanilla is here to stay. Follow your nose to get to the freshly baked cakes. Must-tries include milk chocolate chip cupcake, red velvet or salted caramel – all to be downed with piping hot coffee or tea.
Plain Vanilla, #01-03A, Cluny Court, 501 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259760
6. EGA Juice Clinic
If you’ve been on a bender lately, a juice detox may be just what you need. EGA Juice Clinic takes the ‘clinic’ in its name seriously, offering cleanse packages that purge your body of toxins accumulated from stress, the environment or diet. Prefer a one-off cold-pressed juice? The selection includes something for relaxation, digestion, weight loss and blood cleansing.
EGA Juice Clinic, #01-04A, Cluny Court, 501 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259760
7. Swish Rolls
The moniker of this homegrown bakery may be named after its fluffy Swiss rolls but it has recently been on the radar for those popular croons. Yup, the TikTok-viral round croissants are available in a variety of flavours such as pistachio, dark Valrhona chocolate, sea salt butter and super summer berries. No doubt, there’s always a snaking line forming outside the petite bakery.
Swish Rolls, #01-02B, Cluny Court, 501 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259760
8. The Fishwives
For healthy and sustainable groceries, don’t go past The Fishwives. All you need for a diet of no nasties is here: free-roaming chicken and pork, organic produce, homemade dips, and gluten-free pasta.
The Fishwives, #01-05B, Cluny Court, 501 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259760
This eco grocer will help you live a sustainable life – from selling unpackaged products with bulk containers (no single-use plastics around here) to stocking up on artisan local produce (to reduce carbon footprint). Shop nuts, seeds, dried fruits, cereal, grains, superfoods, tea, coffee and all your other essentials right here.
Kilogramme, #01-05A, Cluny Court, 501 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259760
Cluny Court guide: Where to shop & things to do
10. Badt and Co.
Stilettos not quite your jam? Espadrilles are the way to go. And where better to go to than Badt & Co.? Every pair is meticulously handcrafted with natural materials such as jute rope, cotton and a rubber sole. Select from wedges, flats, and sneakers in a variety of colours.
Badt and Co., #02-06, Cluny Court, 501 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259760
11. Lemongrass & Aubergine
If you’re a sucker for non-cookie-cutter home decor, a visit to Lemongrass & Aubergine is a must. You’ll find everything from rugs, cushions and wall decor to dinnerware, kitchen linen and fragrances. The brand even has a Designed by Lemongrass & Aubergine collection for Singapore-inspired champagne glasses, kitchen towels and dinner plates. Great as souvenirs, too!
Lemongrass & Aubergine, #02-26, Cluny Court, 501 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259760
Elevated comfort is the name of the game at Rye. The oxymoron works well at this Singapore-based womenswear label. Its transitional capsule collection exudes class with pared-down and timeless pieces. Think relaxed fits and earthy tops, blouses, dresses, trousers and loungewear.
Rye, #02-03, Cluny Court, 501 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259760
13. Capsule by Juliette
Founded by French fashion designer Juliette, this independent label is all about slow fashion pieces that transcend trends. The Parisian chic collection has extended from the versatile (and signature) jumpsuit to dresses, skirts, sweaters, tops, sleepwear and even jewellery, shoes and accessories.
Capsule by Juliette, #02-10, Cluny Court, 501 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259760
14. Rue Madame
Every visit to this multi-label boutique is different – you never know what you’ll find at this retail treasure trove. Rummage through the shop to find brands like Veja, Hartford, American Vintage, Vanessa Bruno and up to 30 fashion labels. Trust us, purchasing one item isn’t enough.
Rue Madame, #02-11, Cluny Court, 501 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259760
15. Iggy’s Crafts
Located right outside Relish, Iggy’s Crafts has been a mainstay for as long as we can remember. The absence of an enclosed retail space gives off art market vibes. Brighten up your homes with decorative plates, cushions, trays, tablecloths and art prints in coastal, tropical fruit, palm tree and flamingo designs. We love going through the trunk filled with sale items.
Iggy’s Crafts, #02-39, Cluny Court, 501 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259760
16. Big Blue Trunk
Get your creative juices flowing with the help of this craft supply store. Art junkies will stay put here for hours thanks to the range of DIY supplies, tile decorative stickers, decor moulds and stamps, and even kitschy furniture knobs. The store is also the exclusive distributor of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Singapore.
Big Blue Trunk, #02-14, Cluny Court, 501 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259760
17. Kew Organics
This local aesthetic brand rose to fame thanks to its sugar peel. You might have known it as Sugar K Organic Peel Bar, but Kew Organics has now extended its services to include express organic facials, hair removal, LED light therapy and more. Products used are wholly organic, with ingredients free of pesticides, artificial fertilisers and food additives. The popular peel in question takes a mere 20 minutes – perfect for those quick lunchtime pop-ins. It uses a sugar cane-derived formula which combines a potent blend of citrus fruit acids to gently exfoliate the skin.
Kew Organics, #03-03, Cluny Court, 501 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259760
18. Oasis Beauty Kitchen
We love Oasis Beauty Kitchen for its organic, low-waste solid shampoos – try before you deny! The conscious beauty brand also has multi-purpose face crayons, vegan skincare such as hydrating serums and moisturising oils, cleaning essentials, and more. Get a gift box to get started on your conscious routine.
Oasis Beauty Kitchen, #02-15, Cluny Court, 501 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259760
19. Alliance Counselling
Taking over levels three and four of Cluny Court, the quaint and relaxing location is a good start for a therapy sesh. The range of services includes walk-and-talk therapy, pre- and post-natal therapy, psychological assessments, couples therapy and sex therapy, amongst other things. Simply make an appointment, pick a therapist based on speciality and kickstart your mental health journey.
Alliance Counselling, #03-02 & #04-03, Cluny Court, 501 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259760
Got an old sports injury? Is sitting all day behind the computer giving you chronic shoulder and backaches? Ease your pain at MyPhysio. The team of professionals will evaluate your current condition and do a thorough check of your posture, muscle system, joint motion and exercise performance before starting a personalised physiotherapy session.
MyPhysio, #04-01, Cluny Court, 501 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259760
It may be small in size but there’s plenty to do in the charming Cluny Court.